Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Russia
National selection
Selection processInternal Selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 7 February 2019
Song: 9 March 2019
Selected entrantSergey Lazarev
Selected song"Scream"
Selected songwriter(s)Philip Kirkorov
Dimitris Kontopoulos
Sharon Vaughn
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (6th, 217 points)
Final result3rd, 370 points
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Russia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Scream," written by Philip Kirkorov and Dimitris Kontopoulos. The song will be performed by Sergey Lazarev, who was who was internally selected by the Russian broadcaster Russia-1 to represent the nation at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2019 contest, Russia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 21 times since its first entry in 1994. Russia had won the contest on one occasion in 2008 with the song "Believe" performed by Dima Bilan. In 2016, Russia finished third with the song "You Are the Only One" performed by Russia's 2019 entrant Sergey Lazarev.[1] In 2018, Russia placed fifteenth in the second semi-final with the song "I Won't Break" performed by Yuliya Samoylova, making it the first time Russia did not qualify for the final since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Internal selection[edit]

On 7 February 2019, Russian broadcaster RTR announced that Sergey Lazarev would represent Russia in 2019.[2] His song for the contest, "Scream," was released on 9 March 2019.[3]

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Russia was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 16 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[4]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Russia was set to perform in position 13, following the entry from Lithuania and preceding the entry from Albania.[5]

Semi-final[edit]

Russia performed thirteenth in the second semi-final, following the entry from Lithuania and preceding the entry from Albania.At the end of the show, Russia was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. It was later revealed that Russia placed sixth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 217 points: 124 points from the televoting and 93 points from the juries.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.[6]

Points awarded to Russia[edit]

Points awarded to Russia (Semi-final 2)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Russia (Final)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Russia[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Russian jury:[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russia". EBU. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ Herbert, Emily. "Russia: Sergey Lazarev to Eurovision 2019". Eurovoix. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Russia: Sergey Lazarev Returns To Eurovision With "Scream"". Eurovoix. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  4. ^ Jordan, Paul (28 January 2019). "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Exclusive: This is the Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final running order!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ a b Groot, Evert (30 April 2019). "Exclusive: They are the judges who will vote in Eurovision 2019!". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)